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Surely Indian’s turn

Surely Indian’s turn Indian Officer, with champion jockey Reshawn Latchman aboard, will be looking for his first win since 2011. (GP)

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, January 05, 2013 - 12:03 AM

It has been over a year since Indian Officer entered the winner’s enclosure but that drought should end today in the Diamonds International/Hublot-Crown Of Light Handicap over 1 800 metres, on the opening day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2013 at the Garrison Savannah.

Although not the afternoon’s feature, this event (Race 7) for three-year-old and older horses rated 80 to 100, and also open to horses rated 79 and below, is ideal for horses looking to advance to the more lucrative races.

Since his last win back in December 2011, the Roger Parravicino colt has managed four thirds and one fourth from his last six efforts. A win here would place him alongside his peers Shared Adventure, Discreetwon and Aristodemus, who have all dismissed the older horses rated from 80 to 140 with consummate ease, at distances ranging from five to nine furlongs.

As a two-year-old, Indian Officer dished out a beating to the above mentioned trio and this field, with the possible exception of Lady Quill, holds no horrors.  

Lady Quill had an exceptional year with five wins last year. This field remains right in her scope, so she should go very close again.

Cinnamon Jane ran a nice race last start, coming back from a little layoff, and another good effort is expected from her.

Local Speed steps up a bit in class and could find this bunch a lot tougher than he is accustomed to. Captain Sully has been inconsistent but could be a contender if he shows his best form.

Indanger struggled to make any impact for over a year before his surprise third-place finish but it is still hard to know what to expect from him.

Island Memories has frustrated racing fans with his form and flattered to deceive after looking well positioned to pounce last race day. The dramatic leap in distance may test the stamina of Rock Forever while A.P. Vincero is high in the ratings.

Duc D Fer will be making his second comeback today, this time at age 11. He was very good as a juvenile and moderate at middle age and the big question is: What will he do now as a grandfather? His record, which is superior to stablemates Fusachi Ridge and Charge It, gives him the best shot of the three.

For a stable that has produced a Gold Cup winner in Whisky For Me, back-to-back Spa Sprint winner Who’s Cruising and others like Who’s Wavering, it’s high time that Aysha Syndicate takes stock and reposition itself to be a market force again.

My picks

Race 1: Alina

Race 2: Proud Bajan

Race 3: Uncle Jerry

Race 4: The Price Is Right

Race 5: Whatadeal

Race 6: Byhookorbycreek

Race 7: Indian Officer

Race 8: Ocean Storm

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